Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): voluntary adoption agencies

19. Checks on responsible individuals

The responsible individual must meet the requirements of regulation.

The Adoption support agencies (England) and adoption agencies (miscellaneous amendments) regulations 2005 require adoption support agencies to have a responsible individual.

A provider must demonstrate to Ofsted that the responsible individual it appoints is able to meet the requirements of regulation. Ofsted’s inspectors scrutinise the steps providers have taken to determine that a responsible individual who has been appointed to a registered agency is fit to supervise the management of an agency.

This scrutiny applies in situations where:

  • the identity of a responsible individual changes
  • a person acting as responsible individual becomes responsible for the management of another registered establishment or agency that they did not supervise on 31 March 2014

For further information, see ‘Changes to children’s social care services that are registered and/or inspected by Ofsted’ (Annex A).